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Sunday, 23 October 2016

What I Wore: Black Floral in Velvet

Girls night, last night, meant I got to treat myself to a new dress.  I saw, I tried on and I purchased all in a space of what felt like five minutes!

I headed into NEXT in my hometown simply to buy a top, but I came across this fabulous black floral range which had a variety of different items that you could style with black or gold pieces to make a lovely capsule range for Autumn/Winter 2016.

Velvet is a big trend this season and I've been looking out for a velvet dress or top - most I've found have been in plain black or plain bright jewel colours which have a tinge of cheapness about them and yet the price tag states otherwise.

This floral dress plays homage to the velvet trend and yet has this understated glam about it. I styled the dress with black platform suede shoe boots, ultra thick black tights and some simple gold jewellery as I didn't want to distract from the floral design - which has birds, flowers and butterflies all over it.

NEXT have quite a few pieces in black floral - some that I loved in store I couldn't find for you on the web, but hopefully the items below will give you a taster to perhaps explore this range for yourself.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Are we all a minimum two bag, bag lady?

Let's stop and think about it, when was the last time you didn't have TWO bags??! Some days I have so much to carry, I personally dream of a second pair of arms or should that be shoulders?  

So it starts with the handbag - I can never ever go anywhere without that! I would love to do the 'day clutch', I think they are very glam but I can't, just can't, as I have too much to carry.

Then there is my work bag, my gorgeous Samonite laptop bag, I just love, love, love - but hey that can get really heavy with all my equipment so that's the max I can have on the one shoulder.

I then have my shopping tote - this comes in a variety of styles depending on what I am up to.  I have a lovely foldable shopper from Eco Chic that lives in my handbag and it's perfect for the daily food shop or a Saturday morning stint in town.  But if I need to carry a change of shoes or say a jumper then I have my orange Topshop tote (in photo below), it's a real Mary Poppins, and yet so stylish.

And whilst for you mums I know you have all the kids stuff to carry, I need another bag for my dog - well he needs stuff too - and I've given up on using my handbag for that!

The two bag look!

How did our busy lives get so crazy? and do we really need to carry all this stuff? Well if you want to work on-the-go and if you have other life-beings to look after then YES we need bags.

By the way - I have not mentioned HIM, yes the other half - have you noticed he never has to carry much, and on a night out you always seem to end up having to squeeze his phone and keys into your clutch bag (just saying!)

And so with that, this post is dedicated to more upmarket shopping totes than the plastic bag - well if we have to be 'bag ladies' let's at least do it with style.  And you also get permission to book yourself in to the nearest spa for that neck, shoulder and back rub, we've certainly earned it! And perhaps HE should pay for it ;) 

I love this khaki green bag, but if it's not for you then there is a brown or grey/black option too

Slouch Shopper Bag

Mesh Shopper

Black River Island shopper bag

If you want one that folds up tidy so that you can have it in your handbag, Warehouse have a couple of designs, this one's my favourite

Zip Around Shopper Bag


ooh and the irony bag!

Tote bag from Cafe Press

Monday, 17 October 2016

Plum it Up!

This season colour trend is definitely plum, it's everywhere, you can't miss it - shoes, handbags, scarves, gloves, purses and on it goes.

It's such a versatile colour you'll find it goes with everything. Team it up with brown leather accessories or your favourite navy jacket. It can lighten up an "all black" look and it's the perfect combo for dark denim jeans.

I've been wearing my plum scarf with my cream Zara jacket most of this week.  

Instagram: @lovedbylizzi

This fabulously soft scarf from Accessorize comes in a variety of colours - so if you're not keen on plum then I'm sure there is one you'll love, as it's such a great price.

Lily ribbed scarf
Colours: Plum, red, lime, yellow, teal and pink

I purchased these shoes from New Look about six weeks ago in preparation for a wedding. I am not surprised that they are now out of stock - as they are gorgeous, yet comfy (danced all evening) and OMG they were only £24.99!  

These are a great alternative for a fabulous autumn look, especially with skinny jeans.

Dark Red Comfort Strappy Heeled Boots
New Look

Now I've not yet invested in a handbag, but there is still time!  And if I was this is a likely option...

Lipsy Mock Croc Tote Bag

And finally - if you get your gels applied at a salon that specialises in Jessica gels - then simply ask for Windsor Castle - and you'll match perfectly with your accessories!

Monday, 10 October 2016

AW16 Trend: The White Shirt

One of the best things about Sundays, is brunch.  There is nothing more relaxing, I think, than heading to a cafe, sitting outside (weather permitting of course) and having a cooked breakfast at leisure.  After a busy week at work and smoothies most mornings, this is just bliss.

Now I like to get a little dressed up for brunch; don't get me wrong there are times when you want to keep it more relaxed, but if I'm heading into London then I do make more of an effort.  And you can't go wrong with a white crisp shirt, teamed with dark jeans and either boots or flat pumps.

This classic shirt can be dressed up or down, and a must for this season.

When investing in this classic, here are a few tips:

  • Invest in quality - you want the fabric to be of good quality, you can pair this alongside cheaper jeans, trousers or leggings but the shirt itself needs to ooze quality
  • Keep it white - if you're not good with laundry then either get it cleaned at the dry-cleaners or wash it on its own
  • Well ironed - it needs to look crisp! And the only way to do this is to iron it - especially if it has cuffs and collars they need to be sharp.
  • Think about your body-shape - if you have a waist then get a fitted one that enhances your hour-glass line, if you're not and perhaps more flat or say round then go for a straight cut. 
  • Think about your bust - depending on the size of your bustline, the larger the less fussier you want it
  • Baggy relaxed shirts should only be worn with slim-tight leggings or jeans - be sure to check that this doesn't make you frumpy
  • Dress it up or down - have fun with jewellery to keep changing your look
  • Keep it fresh - if in doubt buy a new one each year there's nothing worse than a tired looking white shirt!

Here's three that I've picked for you:

Mapel by Reiss

Frill Front Shirt by NEXT

Autograph by M&S (And featured in Vogue)
Supima® Cotton Blend White Shirt

Monday, 26 September 2016

Autumn Trend: The Choker

This is one trend you can easy get on board with and it's not going to break the bank. And if you get it wrong, pass it on to a girlfriend and find another one that may suit you better. The classic is the simple black velvet band - you can get these super thin or super wide. Perfect for evening wear but looks just as great daytime with a denim shirt.  

There are lots of styles to chose from and most high street stores from Topshop, H&M, River Island to Accessorize are selling them from as little as £6.  Here are a few hints and tips to help you out:

  • Do consider the neckline of your top in relation to where you wear the choker - you need to give it some space - try a v-neck or scoop neck tee 
  • Instant glam for a night out - opt for simple black or metallic like silver or gold
  • If you do opt for black velvet - you hitting two trends this season!
  • Try a choker that's been accessorised with either extended beads, a second necklace or if they are super thin wear more than one at once
  • Don't wear them too tight, not only for comfort but there is nothing glam about a red neckline!
  • Adopt the more dainty look for daytime super chic fun.

Fans of the Real Housewives of Cheshire will know model Misse Beqiri, and she sports the choker trend a lot, check out her instagram page for inspiration on how to wear this trend. 

MISSÉ BEQIRI (via Instagram)


The one I wore in the picture above is from Topshop, a velvet black choker for £6


I've also opted for a thin brown cord choker with a gold heart - I've yet to wear it as I only got it this Sunday in London.  It's going to be a great to wear daytime with a tee and jeans.



Friday, 23 September 2016

Advanced Style - What do you see?

To grow old gracefully - that's what we are told.

In a world full of cosmetic surgery, botox in your local beauticians, social media and magazines all putting the pressure on being YOUNG - should we not embrace, admire and aspire to be like the fabulous ladies from Advance Style? A blog created by Ari Seth Cohen in 2008, his project devoted “to capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set.”

Are there rules on dressing once you hit 80 years?  Should we not get to a stage in our lives where we think 'F%&K it!!" It seems to me that we are told throughout our lives what we should wear; we are told by our mother as a child, we are told by our friends when we hit teens; we are told by our boss when we start work and running alongside that we are told by magazines, celebrities and the list goes on and on. Should we always follow what everyone else is doing - where is individuality?

Now the film below caused a bit of a stir on a Facebook group I belong to - is this style or are they clowns?  What do you see?

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What I love about this film is how they all love to dress up each day, how they find it fun.  How they hate to follow or copy what other people wear.  They feel they get treated better by society because they make an effort to look good.  And because they feel good, they are happy.  I love their contentness and that's surely got to be a good thing.

I know I don't want my life to get to a stage where I find beige and soft comfy shoes fabulous - please put me down if I ever say they are (this will be a sign that I have gone mad).  I'm for glamour, for fun and to stay engaged with fashion, despite my age.

I get a lot of my inspiration from Instagram, and as a huge fan on the glamorous 'senior set' I follow these three fabulous women, who are all still working, still having fun with fashion and to me they are very happy ladies.

I know what I see.

Linda Rodin. @rodinoliolusso


A model from the sixties, Linda Rodin is prolific on Instagram giving lots of insight into behind the scenes of her fashion shoots. I love this blue sofa (I may just have to copy), and of course I find myself admiring Linda and her poodle Winks - feels a bit like me and Alfonso.  She's also a lover of jeans - ditto.

Iris Apfel @irisapfel

Iris is 95 years old and has recently launched a clothing line with Macy's.   I went to watch Iris' film last year with my mum, a slightly strange documentary but well worth watching - she is unique.  

Daphne Selfe @daphneselfe


Daphne has been professional modelling since 1949, and she is still modelling today at the age of 88 - it seems modelling can have longevity if you stay modern and current.